Pictured: Rob and Julie Crook stood in their front garden with the giant agave spike.
An exotic 'tequila plant' has suddenly rocketed to 25ft in height after mysteriously sprouting in a couple's front garden after two decades lying dormant. The giant agave's stalk unexpectedly began shooting up 12 weeks ago and now towers over owners Rob and Julie Crook's two-storey home in a little cul-de-sac.
The grandparents-of-two have been left stunned by the plant's 'Jack and the Beanstalk' type growth after planting it in 2005. Mrs Crook was gifted a six-inch pup - an offspring of the parent plant - by a friend 20 years ago after her fascination with the asparagus-like shrub.
But the 59-year-old said she never expected the agave to grow to such heights at the front of the couple's home in the small Hampshire village of Charlton. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.